Dana Holding Corp. — a provider of axles, driveshafts and structural, sealing and thermal-management products — on Wednesday, May 27, announced that James E. Sweetnam, 56, has been named president and chief executive officer, and will be appointed to the Dana board of directors. Sweetnam comes to Dana after more than 11 years at Eaton Corp., where he most recently served as president of the company’s global truck group.
In conjunction with the appointment of Sweetnam as president and CEO, Dana announced that John Devine, who most recently served as chairman and CEO, will continue as executive chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based company moving forward.
“We are very excited that Jim has decided to join the Dana leadership team,” Devine says. “He has a tremendous track record of success internationally. His deep knowledge of our business, especially the commercial vehicle segment, will ensure a brief and smooth transition for him. I look forward to working with Jim to address the challenges and opportunities in our business today.”
“Dana has an impressive array of global customer relationships, solid product and market diversity, and a wonderful base of talented employees,” Sweetnam says. “I look forward to working with the people of Dana to lead the company’s growth and resurgence.”
At Eaton, a global $15.4 billion diversified industrial manufacturer, Sweetnam led the company’s $2.3 billion truck business, which manufactures, markets and sells transmissions, clutches and drivetrain systems to global truck OEMs. He joined Eaton in 1997 as vice president and general manager of the company’s heavy-duty transmission division, truck. In 2000, Sweetnam was named vice president of operations, heavy-duty transmission clutch and aftermarket, truck. From 2001 to 2008, he served as senior vice president and president, truck group.
Prior to joining Eaton, Sweetnam spent 10 years at Cummins Engine Co., where he served in a variety of significant roles, including president of Cummins Electronics Co. and group managing director of Holset Engineering Co. Ltd., Cummins’ U.K.-based global turbocharger business. From 1977 to 1985, Sweetnam served in a variety of managerial roles for Canadian Liquid Air Ltd. in Montreal, Quebec, and Calgary, Alberta. From 1975 to 1977, he served as a construction engineer and product and operations engineer with Air Products & Chemicals in Allentown, Pa., and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began his career as a civil engineer at Olko Engineering in New York, N.Y.
Sweetnam earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree from Harvard University. He is a board member of The Lubrizol Corp., a specialty chemical company based in Wickliffe, Ohio, and the board of trustees for ideastream, a public service multimedia organization based in Cleveland.